Pam has served on the Gila River Indian Community Utility Authority Board for 5 years. Pam continues to broaden her knowledge in the utility industry by participating in conferences and taking advantage of the Credentialed Cooperative Director Program. Pam also continues to broaden her education at a local community college.
Pam is very proud to be a part of the GRICUA family, an entity that not only provides electricity to its customers but also reaches out to the young students and adults with the ongoing STEAAAM program, Washington Youth Tour Program, and the recent Technical Training Program.
Pam is Pee Posh/Maricopa and resides in District 7, Maricopa Village on the Gila River Indian Community. Pam believes in “Community”; to have a successful community you must involve yourself whole-heartedly and help where needed. In her small community, Pam makes herself available as the Secretary for the Community Board, Secretary on the Recreation Committee, and Acting Secretary for the Elders Organization. Pam wishes nothing but good for everyone, to take advantage of all that is, enjoy life, and always take care of your family.
Belinda Nelson is from District 4 and is currently serving on the Gila River Indian Community Utility Authority Board (GRICUA) as Vice-Chairman. Ms. Nelson has served on the GRICUA Board since November 2012.
During her tenure on the board, Belinda has attended the utility trade association’s Credentialed Cooperative Director courses and received a certificate from the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. Certificate courses include financial, regulatory, and governance subjects.
Belinda also serves on the Gila River Telecommunications, Inc., Board of Directors where she has prior experience in management.
Neil Banketewa has served on the GRICUA Board since 2010. Neil completed the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s Credentialed Cooperative Director (CCD) program. The CCD program consists of five courses that focus on basic governance knowledge and the essential skills required of cooperative directors. Neil is from the Stotonic Village, which is part of District Four.
Neil worked in the Gila River Education Department as the Coordinator of the Off-Reservation Boarding Schools. He retired in 2006. Since retirement, Neil has served on the Gila River Farms Board, Gila River Health Care Board, and the Citizens Advisory Board with the Police Department. Neil also served as a Police Commissioner. Neil is happy to serve the Community in these capacities.
Felicia D. Kaufman is the oldest daughter of Travis D. Jackson, Sr. (District 3) and Elberteen Multine (Diné), and the granddaughter of the late Verton Jackson, Sr. and Shirley Jackson. She was born at the old Sacaton Hospital and raised in Central Phoenix where she attended Longview Elementary and graduated from North High School. She went on to attend Phoenix College while working as a legal assistant and transferred to Arizona State University where she received her Bachelor of Science in Global Business, with an emphasis on Information Systems Management, in 2003. She has worked as a legal assistant for 30 years and is currently serving her first term on the GRICUA Board of Directors. She also currently serves on the Board of Directors for the GRIC Urban Members Association, Inc.
She is the mother of 2 adult children; a son who is currently attending Arizona State University, and a daughter who attends Scottsdale Community College. In her spare time, she enjoys running 5k’s, 10k’s and half marathons with family and friends.
Robert Horton was appointed to the GRICUA Board of Directors in June 2020. Robert is from District 5. He served in the Marines from 1999-2003 as a Wrecker Operator. After he was discharged, he returned to the Community and worked at Gila River Telecommunications Inc. (GRTI) for about 8 years. He went back to school and earned a Certified Pharmacy Technician certificate (CPhT) and joined the Gila River Health Care (GRHC) Board of Directors. Mr. Horton is a single parent blessed with awesome kids. His son goes to ASU and his daughter will be at Lake Forest this fall. He also has a 13-year old daughter who has aspirations to attend college. Mr. Horton states “ I will do my best to work for the Community and GRICUA to help continue excellence in service and future growth, thank you”.
Erica is currently serving as the Youth Board Intern. Erica is Akimel O’odham, Hopi, and Yaqui. Her mother is Victoria Allison and her family comes from District 4. She currently attends Mesa Community College seeking a degree in Business and plans to transfer to ASU to earn a Bachelor’s in Business Administration. Erica has been participating in GRICUA’s Youth Programs since 2015. She first joined GRICUA as a High School Summer Intern and then applied and was accepted into the Washington Youth Tour program. The next summer Erica was selected for the College Summer Internship. In 2018, Erica was selected to serve as the Youth Board Intern. As part of the Youth Board Internship, Erica helped with GRICUA’s STEAAAM Summer Program and served as a chaperone. She enjoys being GRICUA’s Youth Board Intern as it has helped her understand the goals, insights, and objectives for GRICUA and has also gained insight into how the economy and energy issues affect the Gila River Indian Community.